“I am again able to take part in active sports, which is something that I never thought would be possible” Open Close
I am writing this testimonial as I feel it is important to let people know about the massive help that I have received from Mark Yacoub and the great improvements to my everyday life as a result.
I have a long term injury to my lower back (Spondylolisthesis) which has caused me daily pain and restricted my movement and activity for about 6 years. I have been to a full range of specialists including a surgeon, an osteopath, a Harley St. back practitioner and many others. The only improvements I had in my condition came from Pilates, but this entailed about an hour of stretching twice a day.
When I met Mark I was very sceptical about what he could do, but he convinced me to try chiropractic and I am so glad that I did. I have been a patient of his for about 3 months and his work literally changed my life. My back improved almost immediately and is now nearly as good as before the injury. I no longer need to do regular intense stretching and I am again able to take part in active sports, which is something that I never thought would be possible.
I would recommend chiropractic and Mark Yacoub to everyone who has a back problem.
“I would 100% recommend Ollie” Open Close
I have recently had extricating lower back pain and for a period of time I was unable to drive, my friend recommended I saw Physiotherapist Oliver Krouwel aka Ollie.
I had 2 appointments, at first he did some physio manipulations and suggested acupuncture, I felt surprisingly a lot better a couple days later, in less pain, although it was still present, I did have a spring in my step. Second appointment had acupuncture only, after a few days I was pain free, and have remained that way ( appointment was about 3 weeks ago). I am squeamish of needles and was a bit worried it was going to be painful. Ollie helped me relax and just distracted me talking about my shoes, it was slightly uncomfortable unfortunately I am one of the unlucky few that can experience pain with acupuncture , although only in some areas of my body, other parts was pain free and for most people it is pain free. I am so pleased I was brave ( and desperate) and gave acupuncture a go, I would recommend it to anyone who is in pain. I would 100% recommend Ollie, He has been so understanding of my health, and thinks outside of the box of different ways to manage it, I also have chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), which he takes an active interest in and regularly reviews research. He is knowledgeable, explains everything well in a way that makes you take an interest and want to look after your body more, and just generally takes an interest in your well being. I also liked that he has not been pushy with treatment never felt that he was trying to get money out of me, it has been left that I will contact him if needed in the future. I am really thankful to my friend for recommending him.
I am shocked acupuncture has worked and so quickly, if it comes back in the future I will be going straight back to Ollie”
“What a relief after years of suffering” Open Close
In 1994 I slipped a disc in my back and was in agony. My doctor sent me for some physiotherapy treatment which did not help. I then became pregnant and six weeks later I had a car accident. After my son was born by emergency caesarean section I was in so much pain in my back, hips and neck, it was unbearable.
I had treatment with various people including four physiotherapists, three osteopaths and a healer, without any success. Life became miserable, always in pain, sleepless nights, I could not swim any more or go for walks. Working as a special needs teacher I was always irritable and sharp with the children. I was even constantly shouting at my own two children as I was in constant pain.
Then, one day at work my friend Jane was telling me how her eighty year old mother, who had always suffered with her back, was a completely new woman thanks to a Chiropractor called Mark Yacoub. So I took his number and made an appointment to see him. When I went to the clinic I was nervous and did not have much faith that I could be cured but I told myself I had nothing to lose except money.
Mark examined me, took x rays and told me exactly what was wrong with my back and that it could be worked on. What a relief after years of suffering. I also attended a class taught by Mark which was very informative about the spine and nervous system. So now I have regular treatments, massage, swim and walk regularly. I have to remind myself every day to watch my posture. The hardest thing to do is to re-educate your body on how to sit, stand, walk,
concentrate on your posture and drink lots of water. Once you have made a start on these you are on your way to recovery.
Hence, I would like to say a big thank you to Mark and all his staff who are wonderful.
“My story really began after I had an operation…” Open Close
I was fit, active and fairly flexible before the operation, but after things went downhill fast.
I found that I was having a hard time sleeping, every night I went to sleep quickly but woke up about two hours later and couldn’t get back to sleep. I would then doze for the rest of the night. I was living on approximately four hours per night, I needed eight. I suffered continual pain in my hips and lower back area and for the first half an hour or so of getting up in the mornings I couldn’t walk properly only “shuffle” along, going downstairs was a nightmare, the only way I could manage was by going down backwards on all fours. Slowly.
I visited my Doctor and was told as I was getting older I should expect these things. If the pain got too bad I could have pain killers.
I wasn’t convinced he was right so I then tried various Osteopaths and Chiropractors, none really satisfactory. I was told that my hip was”fragile” and had a tendency to twist, not to worry they could help. It did help for a few weeks at a time then I would have to return and be”clicked” into place. This went on for about 1 2years, and it was getting very expensive. I began to think that the Doctor was right, as you got older things got worse and you lived in pain.
After a particularly bad period of my “back going out” a friend suggested I give her Chiropractor Dr. Mark Yacoub a chance.
After the initial consultation and x ray (the first I have ever been offered) all was explained. It wasn’t my hip that was “twisted” my problem was the base of my neck (due to a car accident I had had a whiplash injury some 20 odd years previously). And to compensate the whole of my back had “adjusted” itself accordingly.
Within 3 months I felt great and free of pain, can move easily and stairs are no problem whatever time of day.
There are still some minor adjustments needed but I feel better now that I did 15years ago and have real hope I can live an active life with no continual pain.
All I can say is a heartfelt THANK YOU.
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